Short Takes – July 4, 2012

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Purdue University Calumet’s Educational Talent Search program is hosting its annual academic summer enrichment program, “Project Excel”, July 16-20 on campus. Students in grades sixth, seventh and eighth who have completed an Educational Talent Search individual educational plan for services are eligible. Each participant will receive a free breakfast and lunch each day throughout the program. Purdue Calumet Educational Talent Search is a Summer Food Service program sponsor. Educational Talent Search is a federally-funded TRIO educational opportunity program. To RSVP or for more information, phone the talent search office at 219-989-2460.

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Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital earned an “A” in patient safety by an independent national nonprofit organization, The Leapfrog Group. The Leapfrog Group is run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The organization calculates the Hospital Safety Score under the guidance of the nation’s top patient safety experts using publically available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors as well as infections. Hospitals across the nation were assigned an “A, B, C, D or F” for overall safety. Of the 2,652 hospitals across the nation that received the Hospital Safety Score based on patient safety, only 729 earned an “A” like IU Health La Porte Hospital. “Our goal is similar to Leapfrog’s goal—to give patients the vital information they need and deserve before entering a hospital,” said President and CEO G. Thor Thordarson. “We, too, hope people will use this score to talk with their doctor, make informed decisions about where to seek care and take the right precautions during a hospital stay.” Chief Nursing and Quality Officer Pauline Arnold said, “Our colleagues are comfortable and open to discussing safety issues.  We are proactive in improving the overall care and safety of our patients.”  To see how IU Health La Porte Hospital scored compared to other facilities nationally and locally, or for more information on how the public can protect themselves and loves ones during a hospital stay, visit .

Registration Still Available
C.O. Mollenhour conservation camp is still accepting registrations for boys and girls ages 9-14.  The camp for boys runs from July 8-13 and girls’ camp is July 15-20.  Campers learn about all aspects of Indiana’s natural resources through Indiana Conservation officers and other Department of Natural Resources instructors. Campers are taught and receive certification in hunter, trapper and boater education, participate in camp challenges and enjoy time fishing and swimming on McClure lake located in Kosciusko county.  The cost is $200 for the week and includes three meals a day and lodging.  Registration forms are available online at www.conservationcamp.org.  Walk-in registrations will also be accepted on the Sunday at the start of camp from 2:30 to 4 p.m.  For more information, contact Indiana Conservation Officers at 574-457-8092 or go online at . 

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Seeks Hoosier Republican Women for Leadership Training
The Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series recently announced that it is seeking applicants from across Indiana for its 2012-2013 class. Inspired by the leadership of Senator Richard Lugar, for over 20 years the Lugar Series has sought to provide a first-class leadership training experience that encourages, mentors, and prepares selected women leaders from across Indiana to seek new levels of personal achievement and public involvement. The program gives participants unique access to public officials and an effective and diverse statewide political network. More than 400 women from around the state have completed the program, which was founded in 1990. Lugar Series applicants should have demonstrated leadership skills in their fields of work or community service.  Class members are chosen by a competitive application and interview process. “My commitment to encourage women to enter government and political service continues through my association with members of the twenty-two classes,” said Lugar.  “They have set a high standard for future classes and I look forward to working with them as they advance in the public sector.”  “Our mission is to increase the number of Hoosier Republican women in key elected and appointed governmental and political positions, including advisory and regulatory commissions at the local, state and federal levels,” said Judy Singleton and Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers, the co-founders of the program. To date, over 125 graduates of the Lugar Series are serving or have served in Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels’ administration through employment or appointed positions.  Applications are due Aug. 1 and are available by visiting or by calling 317-536-6900.

Bike, Run and Walk Fundraiser Aug. 25-26
The La Porte Hospital Foundation 11th Annual Tour de La Porte bike, run and walk event to benefit local cancer patients will be on Saturday, Aug. 25 and Sunday, Aug. 26 at Soldiers Memorial Park in La Porte. All proceeds from this event directly benefit Indiana University Health La Porte and Starke hospitals’ patients with cancer in need of financial assistance, and enables community members to access free health screenings.  For the second year, Tour de La Porte has expanded to two days to increase the family-friendly activities for all ages. This year’s Tour de La Porte will be even bigger and better thanks to all of our underwriters, participants and volunteers,” Tour de La Porte Chairperson Mark Kosior said. “We’ve created a whole weekend packed with a variety of health-conscious events to keep you going the distance for cancer care.” All events will take place at Soldiers Memorial Park, located just southwest of U.S. 35/Pine Lake Avenue. The park and encompassing area includes several lakes, ponds and woodlands on a gently rolling terrain. Registration for the running and walking events will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25, beginning at 5 a.m. and ending 30 minutes prior to the start of each event. Registration for the bike time trial will also be held on Aug. 25, starting at noon (cyclists will ride in the order they register/check-in). The main cycling event will take place on Sunday, Aug. 26. Participants may choose routes ranging from five to 100 miles. All routes take riders through scenic La Porte County. ANSI-approved helmets are required for all bikers. SAG stops and road support will be available until the event closes at 3 p.m. Additional information on all bike, run and walk routes are available online at tourdelaporte.org. Participants will receive a free cotton or moisture-wick fabric T-shirt (while supplies last) at registration and wrist band ID to access all support and food services. Breakfast and lunch are provided by Al’s Supermarkets. Cycling jerseys are available for pre-order or at the event for $70 each. Pre-registration costs are 5K run or walk–$20 for adult, $10 for child (age 11 and under);10K run–$30 for adult, $10 for child; half-marathon run–$40 for adult; mini TDL fun run–$1; bike time trial–$20 for adult; cycling event–$25 for adult, $10 for child; two event combo–$40 for adult; $45 for adult participating in half-marathon; $15 for child. Teams of 15 or more members are eligible for a team discount of $2 per participant. To register online, visit tourdelaporte.org. For more information before, during and after Tour de La Porte, visit Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and view photos on Flickr. For more information, call 219-326-2471 or toll-free at 877-265-4539 or e-mail .

Northwest Indiana Symphony
The Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and Music Director/Conductor Kirk Muspratt recently announced the 2012 South Shore Summer Music Festival.  The festival, beginning July 21 and concluding August 4, features free concerts by the Northwest Indiana Symphony in five communities. Come early, bring your lawn chairs and blankets and, relax and enjoy the music.  Everyone is welcome. “I think our concerts in the park are a special place where families and friends from our community can join us for an evening of wonderful music, friendship and relaxation under the stars,” said Muspratt. “Plus, it gives me the opportunity and pleasure to spread the word that exciting, moving symphonic music is for everyone.” The concerts will have something for everyone with the orchestra featuring light classical and patriotic music as well as music from Broadway musicals and movies.  The schedule is as follows:  Cedar Lake, Saturday, July 21, 7:30 p.m., Town Complex Grounds, 7408 Constitution Ave., (rain location: Hanover Central High School, 10120 W. 133rd Ave.); Griffith, Friday, July 27, 7:30 p.m., Central Park, 600 N. Broad St. (rain location: Griffith High School, 600 N. Wiggs St.);  Crown Point, Saturday, July 28, 7:30 p.m., on the lawn at Franciscan Communities, corner of Main and Franciscan (rain location: Crown Point High School, 1500 S. Main Street); Hammond, Friday, Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m., Wolf Lake Pavilion, Calumet Avenue at Sheffield (rain location: Calumet College of St. Joseph Athletic Center, 2400 New York Ave,, Whiting); and Valparaiso, Saturday, Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m. Central Park Plaza, Lincolnway at Lafayette Street (rain location: Valparaiso High School, 3801 N. Campbell St.).  Summer concert information is available by calling the symphony office at 219-836-0525 or by visiting .

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Join the Arbor Day Foundation

America’s forestland is a prized natural resource, and anyone can help plant much-needed trees in these vital areas by joining the Arbor Day Foundation. Through the Replanting Our National Forests campaign, the Arbor Day Foundation will honor each new member who joins the Foundation in July by planting 10 trees in forests that have been devastated by wild fires, insects and disease. The cost for joining the Arbor Day Foundation is a $10 donation. America’s national forests face enormous challenges, including unprecedented wildfires that have left a backlog of nearly one million acres in need of replanting. Our national forests need protection because they provide habitat for wildlife, keep the air clean and help ensure safe drinking water for more than 180 million Americans. “Keeping our forests healthy is vital to the health of people and the entire planet,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “By planting trees in our national forests, we will preserve precious natural resources and the benefits they provide for generations to come.” To join the Arbor Day Foundation and help plant trees in our national forests, send a $10 membership contribution to Replanting Our National Forests, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, or visit .

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